By Alex Nolan
CAIRNS trainer Trevor Rowe will look to give Man Around Town one more run ahead of the Battle of the Bush Final at Doomben, after the gelding qualified for the $100,000 race at Gordonvale on Saturday.
Man Around Town has now won 9 starts and more than $80,000 in prize money, and if all is well between now and June 23, will have the chance to add an extra $61,000 to his earnings on Group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara Day.
Rowe said there was plenty of water to pass under the bridge, but admits if Man Around Town is still well within himself, he will make the long trip from Cairns to Brisbane.
“He’s a very good horses and he certainly would be competitive in a race like the final,” Rowe said.
“He will probably have one more start in about three weeks and then we can decide for sure. There is another Battle of the Bush qualifier on June 2 at Atherton … he’ll likely start there as there isn’t too many options for him between now and the final.”
Rowe would said, pending discussions with the owners, that it would be likely Cairns jockey Sonja Wiseman would retain the ride.
“Sonja is from out Gordonvale way so she got a big roar from the crowd when they came back on Saturday,” Rowe said.
“She has a metropolitan license so if we take the horse down, I would assume we keep her on. She rides him in track work and he’s a bit of a scallywag to ride … but he is a loveable rogue.”
Man Around Town has the advantage of having raced at Doomben previously, when he ran 7th of 12 in a 0-70 Handicap back in 2016.
In the two other qualifiers at the weekend, the Rodney Little-trained Kakakenny booked his ticket to Brisbane via the Longreach meeting, while Galea Warrior for trainer Robert Burow will come to town via Mount Isa.
Kakakenny and Galea Warrior began their careers in NSW and VIC respectively, before having their first Queensland starts in 2017.